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What Sort of Mobility Scooter Is Best For Me? – by www.scootamart.com Staff

No Comments 31 May 2010

The nature of the disability will go some way into determining what sort of mobility scooter will be the right one. If the disabled scooter is to completely replace a car, then a small boot scooter is unlikely to fit the bill. By the same token, if you require an electric scooter that dismantles to fit into the car boot then a large road legal electric scooter will not be suitable.
Mobility scooters can be simply divided into three categories: small / boot scooters, medium scooters and large scooters. Small or boot mobility scooters as their name suggests are small scooters that easily dismantle to fit into a car boot. These scooters can have a range of up to 15-20 miles between charges. They tend to be seen in shopping centres and on the pavements. The riders of these scooters usually have some mobility but tend to tire easily or maybe can’t walk very far.
Medium sized mobility scooters are much more substantial than small/boot mobility scooters. Medium sized mobility scooters often offer more car-like features such as a padded, height and reach adjustable seat, lights and indicators, and a longer range between charges. They tend to have bigger wheels and can have a maximum speed of up to 6mph.
Large sized mobility scooters are much more substantial, and often twice the size of a boot scooter. These disabled scooters have a top speed of up to 8mph, and depending on the model range of up to 35 miles and are legal to be used on the road or off-road. As they are road legal, they have a full lighting kit and indicators. They offer large wheels, pneumatic tyres and often have suspension to provide a comfortable ride. For a lot of people, these large mobility scooters will replace their car and will be their main method of transport.
How often you use the electric scooter, where you go on it, where it will be stored, how it needs to be charged (whether the battery pack can be charged separately from the electric scooter or not) will help to determine what sort of mobility scooter will be right for you. If your scooter is to replace your car and will be used everyday, you will need a different type of scooter to someone who uses their scooter on days out and leaves it in the car or the house the rest of the time.
Once you have decided what sort of mobility scooter you need why not try some models at your local mobility shop and see which one is the most suitable for you.

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What if Archie Bunker had a Lift Chair? – by Nicole Martins

No Comments 28 May 2010

What if Archie Bunker had a Lift Chair?

Do you remember watching All in the Family and fixing your gaze at Archie Bunker hunkered down comfortably in his chair? One can only imagine that it was a comfortable chair. However, what the chair was not was a lift chair. Imagine the technological advances since that time. Today, if one has a hard time getting up: standing up from the seated position, a lift chair is a great option. And, many styles exist from lazy boy to European styling to slim-sized wing back lift chairs.

Lift Chair Features

It may be that Archie didn’t need a lift chair, however, many people do. Elderly folks and those suffering from mobility issues are perfect candidates. As mentioned, the purpose of using a lift chair is to help an individual get from the seated to the standing position.

Most lift chairs are designed like recliners and are available in 2 position, 3 position and infinite position chairs. Infinite position lift chairs are nice for taking a nap or sleeping as they will go completely flat like a bed. However, lift chairs get more expensive with more positions. This is also true of options and customization. You will spend more money for features such as heat and massage and custom upholstery. see: http://www.wheelchair-ramps-and-mobility-aids.com/lift-chairs.htm

Leading Lift Chair Manufacturers

Two of the leading lift chair manufacturers are Pride Mobility and Golden Technologies. Both make a number of state of the art mobility aids, and in this case, lead the way in lift chairs. Another company, Uplift Technologies, makes a discrete wing back lift chair. This chair is unique in that it is slim and perfect for small rooms. It is different from other lift chairs on the market in that it is not a recliner, and the lifting mechanism is solely in the seat.

Form and Function

Archie Bunker’s chair could be a lift chair in today’s world. Though not a particularly attractive chair, he loved it and it suited his needs. Lift chairs are the same. You can buy a chair suitable to your needs. For some people comfort is all that matters, others want furnishings that blend in beautifully with their décor. In either case, one can select a chair suitable to taste and needs!

Nicole Martins, a senior editor at www.Wheelchair-Ramps-and-Mobility-Aids.com writes regularly about mobility products. You can read more about lift chairs at: http://www.wheelchair-ramps-and-mobility-aids.com/lift-chairs.htm

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What Do Mobility Scooters Consist Of? – by www.scootamart.com Staff

No Comments 26 May 2010

Very simply, mobility scooters consist of the motor and drive train, batteries, wheels, tiller and the base unit.
The base unit is the chassis that the other components are attached to. This chassis provides the area where the feet go in between the tiller and the batteries or drive chain.
Front wheel drive mobility scooters have the drive train just over the front wheel. These sorts of scooter have a smaller weight capacity and are much more suited to indoor use than outdoor use compared to a rear wheel driver mobility scooter. They directly drive the front wheel, and so are not as good up hills as rear wheel drive scooters. Front wheel drive scooters also tend to be small/boot scooters rather than larger pavement or road legal scooters. Rear wheel drive mobility scooters use a chain, belt or transaxle mechanism to drive the rear wheels. Rear wheel drive scooters “push” the rider whereas front wheel drive scooters “pull” the rider. This offers more power and efficiency and so provides a better ride, and allows the scooter to go up steeper hills.
Mobility scooters use electro magnetic regenerative brakes which work by slowing and then stopping the scooter as soon as the user releases the controls. When the brakes are applied, the batteries are recharged by the excess power from the motor. This type of brake means that a separate hand brake is not necessary, and that the scooter can be left on a slope without fear of it rolling away. Most mobility scooters have a freewheel mode so that the scooter can be moved with out it being switched on, perhaps for storage, or in case of an emergency.
The batteries on a mobility scooter are not the same as car or motorcycle batteries, and should not be substituted. Car and motorcycle batteries are starter batteries, designed to provide short bursts of power. The batteries should be charged and looked after as per the mobility scooter manual.
The number of wheels and size and type of tyre affect the stability and ride quality of the mobility scooter. Smaller scooters tend to have small solid tyres, which don’t offer the same ride quality as bigger scooters with larger pneumatic tyres. Three wheel scooters offer more legroom and a smaller turning circle compared to a four wheel scooter, but the stability can be compromised.
Mobility scooter seats often have folding armrests, and swivel to aid getting on and off the scooter. The seat is often padded to provide more comfort. Some models have a larger Captain or Admiral seat, which is more like a car seat, and may offer more adjustment than a standard seat. The larger, more comfortable seats are normally found on the larger scooters as the scooter has a larger range, so the distance travelled could be almost double that of a small scooter. Almost all seats are adjustable for height, some adjust for reach, and some even recline like a car seat.
The tiller controls the direction, and speed of the mobility scooter, and is like a bicycle handle bar. The scooter moves by either pulling or pushing the lever on the tiller (called a wigwag). Some models of scooter have a Delta tiller meaning that the user can either pull with the fingers (like a bicycle brake) to make the scooter move, or push with the thumb. This tiller is ideal for people with limited hand mobility or who have one hand much better than the other. This means they can use the same hand for both moving forward and reversing. The control panel on the tiller includes the battery gauge, the speed control, and the horn and light controls, where fitted.
The scooters speed is usually controlled by a rotary control, which ranges from low speed to high speed. On some 6 and 8mph mobility scooters there is a switch that lowers the top speed from 6/8 mph to 4mph to make it pavement legal.
Mobility Scooters are designed to be simple to understand and operate, and so shouldn’t be confusing.

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Walking aids – mobility scooters and rollators – by ken wilson

No Comments 24 May 2010

At a certain time in our lives we all face mobility problems. We may have been in an accident, suffer from an illness or just plain old age. The reasons are numerous, but the problem is basically the same. Mobility issues make life harder for a number of people. People may have problems when they get up, sit down or just move around their homes.

For all those problems, there is a solution. Mobility aids help people with disabilities live their lives more comfortably in their environment. Nobody enjoys depending on someone else to move around the house. To some extent, the situation may even become embarrassing. This is why, for you problem, you should consider purchasing the right solution.

People who have been in an accident or old people have difficulties walking. Some may still have some use of their legs, but they require additional support. Now what would be the best solution for them? There are different types of walking aids, but not all of them are easy to use.

A walker is something common among people with this type of problems. You may have seen one yourself. It has a four feet aluminum support. For this piece of equipment to function properly it has to be lifted, after that you need to move it forward and place it back down. That is not the most convenient solution, but it does get the job done. There is however something much more efficient.

The rollator is something very similar to the walker. It works on the same basic principles, but it is a lot easier to use. It is equipped with wheels so you will not have to lift it in the air in order to move forward. Thus you will have less work to do and a regular walk around the neighborhood will not wear you out. A rollator has some additional features like a seat, basket, brakes and more. This is the best solution for comfortable movement when you have such a disability.

A rollator can be found with three and four wheels. The ones with three wheels are usually smaller and easier to use. Some people think that they even look better and are more stylish, but this is a subjective opinion. The four wheel model is larger, but provides greater stability. For people who live in rural areas or in places with lots of grass and dirt, the stability of the four wheel model may prove to be more helpful. The rollator with four wheels also has a larger bag.

When you purchase a rollator, you should always take under consideration its weight. The lighter it is, the easier it will be for its user to move around. People with disabilities are not exactly fans for carrying large loads. A rollator is more expensive than a walker, but paying the extra amount will make all the difference in the world.

Mobility scoters are also great equipment that can help people with difficulties in walking. They resemble, as the name points out, scooters, but have three or four wheels and run on electric motors that need to be recharged, therefore you need access to electricity. However, there are some things that need to be taken under consideration before purchasing mobility scooters.

For instance, as with the rollators, the type of mobility scooters must be according to your needs and environment. You can go for a model that is foldable in order to take it with you on trips. The number of wheels is also important, because three wheel mobility scooters are smaller, but four wheel models offer greater stability. It should also be adapted to the individual, considering the user’s weight.

There are lots of technological developments that are meant to help people with problems. Walking and mobility problems are common among people and solutions are provided by these developments. For walking it is always best to choose a rollator, but if you have very little or no leg use, mobility scooters always get the job done.

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Used Mobility Scooters – How Do I Find a Bargain? – by Amy Wells

No Comments 22 May 2010

Mobility scooters are a great boon to mobility and independence, but the cost can sometimes be prohibitive. With a used mobility scooter, cost needn’t be a problem. You can find some real bargains. However, in terms of scooters, ‘bargains’ aren’t necessarily the cheapest scooters.

You need to make sure before buying that your scooter fits your particular requirements, just like you would with any big purchase. Its a good idea to read some product reviews to find the make and model of scooter that is right for you, so you can narrow it down while shopping. That said, there are a number of places you can find a great used mobility scooter.

Local newspapers and advertisements
You are going to want to test drive any scooter you buy – or at least the make and model that it is. You need to know that it has the power and facilities you require and that you can sit comfortably on it. The obvious answer, then, is to look in the private classified advertisements in your local area. Perhaps your local mobility centre sells used mobility scooters too. That way you can try before you buy. They should be willing to come out to you to let you try the scooter.

You can also, of course, place a classified ad registering your desire to buy a used mobility scooter so people can contact you through that if they have one to sell.

At least, if you buy a used mobility scooter from one of the other sources below, you can make sure you’re going for the right make and model if you test-drive it first.

The Internet
Many people are now turning to the internet to find a used mobility scooter. Purchasing a scooter this way and having it shipped to you is easy and can be done from the comfort of your own home.

There are many online mobility scooter sites and online auctions that sell used mobility scooters. These are very popular since the access to the World Wide Web allows individuals to consider buying scooters from anywhere in the world, potentially. Make sure you get one that has a service agreement, and some type of warranty, in case there are any problems.

Of course, you have to remember to factor in the cost of shipping to make sure you really are getting a bargain if you choose to buy a used mobility scooter from someone in another country. There are so many of these mobility scooters to be had that it’s rarely necessary to go that far afield to find one that will suit your requirements at a price you can afford.

Thrift stores
Thrift stores are a good place to start looking for a used mobility scooter, although they are found rarely in these places. You just never know, though!

So, you have several options for saving some money and finding a used mobility scooter. Just be careful to approach this purchase in the same way you would buying a new mobility scooter and don’t carried away at the thought of a so-called bargain. Make sure the scooter works first and make sure that it will do what you need it to do.

Get the truth on the latest deals, product reviews, and more, before your buy. Find real bargains on new and used electric mobility scooters, wheelchairs, and mobility products. Http://www.mobilityblog.yourtechtool.com finds you the best deals at the lowest prices.

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